Spotlight on Kelly-Anne Jones
- Published Date: October 20, 2014
We caught up with our fabulous Jigsaw Enfield drama teacher Kelly-Anne Jones. We thought we would find out a bit more about her background and Jigsaw experience so far!
Where are you from?
When did you start working at Jigsaw?
Which Jigsaw schools do you and have you worked in?
What subject do you teach?
Where did you train?
In Glasgow at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland; I studied musical theatre. I also have an Honours Degree in Politics and Public Policy from Glasgow University.
What did you do before Jigsaw?
I worked as a singer on a cruise ship going to Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Cyrpus, Greece and Turkey. While I was studying I worked in lots of shops but I think most of my wages were spent on the staff discount. The worst job I ever had was when I was 15 and I worked in a cafe and the manager used to make us put frozen food into our apron and bring it to the kitchen to pretend it was being cooked fresh.
What’s your greatest career achievement?
Oooh I don’t know I’m pretty proud of everything I’ve done and I have no regrets – I like to think that something big and exciting could happen at any time.
What do you enjoy the most at Jigsaw?
I enjoy working with the different students. Jigsaw Enfield is a massive school so it’s really lovely to teach such big groups full of very different people and watch them grow in confidence and as performers. I am delighted that this year’s main show has students playing big parts who played small parts last year.
What has been your favourite moment at Jigsaw?
There have been lots but possibly the first week we all came together on presentation term at Enfield. All of the groups had been given challenging physical theatre pieces to work on and I was really proud of how well they had adapted to the new performance style.
What’s your favourite show?
My Fair Lady.
What would be the most rewarding role or show for you to do?
Eliza Dolittle. I also really enjoy working on new pieces of theatre as it’s great to be involved in the development of a new piece and there is a real sense of pride seeing what it becomes.
Who is your favourite actor/actress?
I have too many! I like actors and actresses who take you by surprise and can play a wide range of roles.
Do you have a favourite song?
Hard to pick a favourite but cheesy old school pop songs are special to me like “Shout” by Lulu because my mum and I used to do ‘kitchen songs’ where we would basically sing really loudly in the kitchen while making food.
If you had a film of your life who would play you?
Maybe a Jigsaw student in the future?
Anything else you think we should know about you?
I’m always hungry and normally for naughty food! As soon as I go home to Glasgow I go visit my Granny and get some chips and cheese!
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